Bunnahabhain Bn5

Bunnahabhain Distillery is one of the eight distilleries on the island Islay in Scotland. Bunnahabhain produces mainly unpeated whiskies, but ten weeks per year they produces peated whisky.

Todays whisky is released by the independent bottler Specialty Drinks and is a part of their series Elements of Islay:

Elements of Islay: The Elements of Islay is a range of Single Islay Malt Whiskies that draws its inspiration from traditional medical laboratory labels and packaging. The Elements range is bottled from small batches of carefully selected casks from a single distillery, with each label depicting the distillery’s ‘Element’ symbol alongside a batch number (eg Lp1).

Bn = Bunnahabhain 🙂 Bn5 contains whisky distilled in the mid 1990’s and matured in three American oak hogsheads. It is bottled at 54,9 ABV. This is what they say about the whisky:

Harking back to the beginning of the series, Bn5 returns to Bn1’s atypically smoky character. Big, rich and ashy, it takes no prisoners on the first sip. However, a drop of water tames the beast and shows more of the distillery’s traditionally fruity character.

This is what I say:

Vanilla and peat on the nose. It smells a bit like wet wool socks(!). Bananas, bread and pineapples. A lot of tropical fruits, actually. I get mango and papaya as well. The peat is a bit sour. Some lemon and lime zest and eucalyptus. Very salty on the palate. Peaty vanilla. Not complex. The finish is sugary, and the peat is hiding in the background. Still very salty. It leaves the palate with an oily layer.

My score: nose 21 / taste 20 / finish 20 / balance 21 = 82

Thanks, Patrik!

– Tone

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